I am very intimidated by classics. Usually I just reach for children’s classics, as they are so much easier to read. However, I feel a strong pull toward adult classics. How many times am I going to write the word classics?
Last year I read Emma by Jane Austen for the first time and I loved it. I had watched the miniseries adaptation prior to reading the book and I think that helped me digest the story better. I have tried reading Pride & Prejudice multiple times, but I can’t seem to get past the first few chapters. I adore the 2005 movie, though. Those books and listening to an abridged version (did not realize at the time) of North & South by Elizabeth Gaskall have been the extent of my experience with classics outside of high school. Actually, no. I just realized that I have also listened to some of Jane Eyre on audio and listened to almost half of Anna Karenina, too. But I want to read more of them. And to re-read ones that I don’t really remember and want to see how I feel about them as an adult. My biggest problem is actually picking them up to read.
Here are a few currently on my TBR:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – This was a book on our reading list when I was in 12th grade, but we never got around to it. I’ve been wanting to read books by the Brontes because I am fascinated by their lives and I love to learn about them. I really want to save this one for gloomy weather when I can snuggle up in bed and read it.
North & South by Elizabeth Gaskall – Yes, I did mention that I listened to the abridged version of this story, but I want to read the entire thing. I am actually quite mad that it was abridged; I would not have listened to it if I had known that. I love the miniseries adaptation and I do worry that that will lesson my enjoyment of the book. But I figured it might be a good introduction into Elizabeth Gaskall.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I have never seen the movie adaptation of this novel and wanted to hold off until I read the book. I started reading it in 10th grade, but I never finished it. It is HUGE and a bit intimidating, but from what I remember reading I actually liked it. I even own a copy because I am determined to read it at some point.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I read a good chunk of this via audiobook and I was really enjoying it. I think I lost my place in my audiobook because of some technical difficulty and I just never finished it. I was enjoying it so much that I bought myself a physical copy before even finishing it (I don’t buy books very often) and I would really like to complete it.
I would really like to know if you read classics. Why do you read them and what made you want to read them? I’m not sure what the draw is for me exactly. Maybe it is because I love history? Or, because I love to learn about classic authors and I’d like to read their works? What is the draw for you? And what is your favorite classic book/author?
And on another note, how in the world do you put the symbol above the ‘e’ in Bronte? I’ve been trying to figure it out, but can’t get anything to work.
Also, if you are someone who is interested in reading classics, but are also scared of them like I am then I would recommend the Youtube channel LucytheReader. She reads lots of them and has this video on easier classics to start with.